Bell sleeves have been the trend for a while, and also making a statement to the whole outfit. I also want to incorporate that into my work wears, since it will add more interests to a simple top. This leaf navy top that I am wearing is from Ann Taylor. It has a bit of loose fit. I paired with a matching green tone pencil skirt. Since I am a petite figure, I always prefer to tuck my top into my skirt or pants, not only I can show my waistline, and visually I look taller.
- Top: Ann Taylor
- Pencil Skirt: Banana Republic
- Shoes: Tahari
Summer goes pretty quick, and it is already the last weekend of July. I have been enjoying the summer in San Francisco very much so far. This weekend, I am going to start to prepare and pack for my upcoming trip to Europe….in few days!! I will be there for two and a half weeks, and I will also attend a wedding in a Chateau near Paris. I am looking forward to it.
While I am still deciding what to wear to my friend’s wedding, I found that this yellow leaf lace dress in my wardrobe could be quite suitable for a summer wedding, or an outdoor cocktail event. Also, the leaf cutout brings up the wedding theme in a subtle way. I am always a fan of bright color dresses, so this yellow tone dress could be a repeat for my summer events. I am wearing a petite 00 from Banana Republic, and the length is perfect for me, I don’t need to make any alteration. This is similar to a shift dress. The style of the waistline is a little bit loose, but it still shows the curvature line of the dress.
I bought this navy striped dress last year from J.Crew Factory Store, and I have been wearing it quite often. One of the reasons is that this classic dress is such a versatile piece that I can wear it in different occasions throughout the year. Here I am showing how I style it in two different ways.
Dressy look — Although striped clothing sometimes could be a misconception that it is casual, with some accessories and proper shoes, it could change the look. I added a belt to make it a bit dressier and formal, and I am wearing it with heels. This also could be a work outfit.
Casual look — I am pairing it with white sneakers and camel scarf to create a neutral, comfortable and relaxed look. Since this outfit will be worn mostly during the weekend for me, I added a red bag to lighten up the vibe.
This weekend’s temperature was rising up, which was not that typical for San Francisco weather. Actually I kinda like it because we don’t usually have real summer in here. Typically, no matter how warm the afternoon is, when the sun is out, a jacket is needed. Strolling at night without wind and a jacket is rarely happened. But this past weekend I was still fine only wearing a summer dress at night.
I am more a dress and skirt girl, so my wardrobe is always full of dresses. This orange dress that I am wearing here, I got it from Banana Republic few months ago. The sleeveless and silky material are perfect for the summer heat. There is a layer of ruffle at the front that adds an extra detail to the dress. I am wearing a size 0, but the length is too long for my 5’2″ figure. So I needed to cut out 3 inches. The dress is not only elegant that i can wear it to dinner and nightout, and the vibrant orange color is also perfect for any summer cocktail parties and outdoor parties.
Continuing from the previous post…here are some more highlights of my Tokyo trip:
We wanted to have a view of the Tokyo city from high up, so we decided to go up to the Mori Tower. We went to the 52nd floor, the City View, it is surrounded by full height glass wall. Felt a bit shaky when I stood right against the window. We were pretty lucky that it was a clear sky despite it was raining two days before. We also went up to the roof deck for a better view, as expected, super windy. Since a complimentary ticket to the Mori Museum on the 53rd floor is also included, we took a quick tour.
Omotesando area is one of my favorites. It is another shopping hub with upscale fashion shops, haute couture boutique shops, young designer brands, trendy cafes, and pop-up shops. Architecturally, a lot of the shop interiors and facades are very interesting with detailed design. There are few shops and malls are designed by star architects. For example, Omotesando Hills, Prada, Hugo Boss, Tod…etc. The overall vibe, I would say it is not as luxury as Ginza, but not as young as the adjacent district Harajuku.
The famous busy pedestrian intersection (some referred it as the busiest in the world)–Shibuya Crossing. It was quite interesting just to stand at one of the street corners and watch people cross when the light turns green. Within a minute, the intersection was jammed and people were crossing the intersection from all different directions. The space of the intersection is huge, larger than a typical intersection.